ANCC Corner

August 10, 2018

News from PTAP, Magnet, and Pathway to Excellence  

Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP)Designation

By LeAnn Ogilvie

We are proud to announce that on July 25, 2018, the ANCC announced Providence St. Joseph Health had successfully met the criteria to achieve PTAP Accreditation with Distinction (the highest recognition).

The Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP) is offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (same accrediting body for Magnet and Pathway to Excellence) to recognize Nurse Residency and Nurse Fellowship programs demonstrating evidence-based criteria for excellence. Nurse Residents are nurses with fewer than 12 months experience in the profession and Nurse Fellows are experienced nurses who are new to a specialty. When part of a PTAP-accredited Residency Program, organizations who have achieved Magnet or Pathway designation can forego writing individual demonstrations in future designation applications and simply submit the PTAP Certificate indicating excellence in this area. In 2017, Providence St. Joseph Health Clinical Academy, in collaboration with 13 ministries (all Magnet and Pathway designated) across 6 states, applied for PTAP recognition for our RN Residency Program for our medical-surgical, obstetrics (not including NICU), emergency and critical care residencies. We were one of the largest system applications to seek PTAP accreditation with the ANCC, which motivated our decision to start with a handful of ministries to ensure a manageable application.

Achieving this recognition required a 792-page application with descriptions and examples of our program, followed by a survey of all former and current Nurse Residents (700+ nurses) in the program and a virtual “site visit” with each of the 13 ministries listed in our application. PTAP accreditation demonstrates the commitment of our nurse leaders, educators and preceptors, to ensuring new nurses are offered a high quality, evidence based residency program as they begin their careers in Providence St. Joseph Health. Future plans include adding other ministries and specialty residencies to our current accreditation. This recognition would not have been possible without the extraordinary work of all of the local clinical professional development nurses who implement the Residency Program and the Clinical Academy Program Managers. Sincere thanks for your dedication to the professional advancement and development of our nurses.

What specialty residencies are included in this accreditation?

The following specialties, along with Core Fundamentals and the Preceptor Program, are included in this designation:
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Obstetrics (does not include NICU)
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Telemetry

What hospitals were included in this accreditation?






Providence Alaska Medical Center


Providence Holy Cross Medical Center


Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance


Providence St. Joseph Medical Center


St. Joseph Hospital, Orange


St. Jude Medical Center


Providence St. Patrick Health Science Center


Providence Portland Medical Center


Providence St. Vincent Medical Center


Covenant Health Medical Center


Covenant Children's Hospital


Providence St. Peter Hospital


Providence Centralia Hospital

Why were certain hospitals and specialties included?

It was prudent to scale down our initial accreditation application for two reasons: Firstly, we recognized that we would potentially be challenging the ANCC’s definition of a system application. Second, we were aware of the huge data management commitment on our side with the size our application. For these reasons, nursing leadership made the decision in 2017 to begin with selection of Providence St. Joseph Health ministries who are Magnet™ or Pathway to Excellence™ accredited (or had submitted documents for accreditation) and who have fully implemented the Clinical Academy Residency Programs. Over time and as appropriate, additional ministries and specialties will be added to the accreditation.

Additional questions? Please contact LeAnn Ogilvie, MSN, RN Director of the Clinical Academy:


Getting to Know the Magnet Conference

By Christine Fregerio

The first Magnet Conference was held in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia, as an event to celebrate the achievement of Magnet designated hospitals. Soon after the first meeting, the Conference grew in 2003 with the partnership of Magnet and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) expanding to a nationwide audience. Houston, Texas was the site of the first of ANCC-hosted Conference. According to the ANCC website, the inaugural ANCC National Magnet Conference “kick-started a revolution in the way Magnet nurses shared their experiences and celebrated their practice. What started out as a gathering of a few hundred nurses has swelled to an annual pilgrimage of nearly 10,000 healthcare professionals. The event has been host to world-renowned entertainers, the who’s-who of motivational speakers, industry icons, Olympic gold medalists, and many more!”

Debbie Sanchez, BSN, RN, Charge Nurse Emergency Department at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center had the opportunity to attend her first Magnet Conference in 1999 and immediately realized the value of a Magnet designation. Sanchez has attended Conferences all over the USA since 1999 and shares her pride in Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s achievement of multiple Magnet designations (they are currently working on their 5th), stating, “I tell my co-workers that working at a Magnet facility doesn't mean everything is perfect, it means we have a say in how we take care of our patients, and our staff.  I'm so proud to be able to question my practice, and to be able to have a nursing leadership team that supports me in my endeavors to make changes.” Sanchez attests to the value of attending the Magnet conference, sharing, “I can’t tell you how many Magnet conferences I have gone to and come back with great ideas to implement.  These conferences are so empowering and inspirational!” 

MaFe Chase, RN, Clinical Decision Unit, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, echoes Sanchez’s enthusiasm, sharing she has attended four Conferences herself and says, “Having a Magnet status hospital is such a prestigious way to highlight where you work and what your hospital does to achieve nursing excellence.  It's the best place to learn, get inspired and motivated to continue the works your hospital has done to achieve such status.” Chase also cites the professional development opportunities of attending the Conference noting, “While attending the different sessions you get to listen to all the awesome work that other facilities are doing that you can bring back or influence your nursing practice. It's a place to gather a wealth of information to either change or improve yourself as nurse, influence a co-worker or best practice. I always come home full of information to share and always excited to make a presentation.” Chase also observes the practical benefits of being a Magnet designated facility and attracting patients, stating, “As patients are becoming internet savvy and always looking for the best hospital to get the best care, a Magnet designated hospital has to make sure that you are providing the best care the patients are expecting to get.”

This year’s event will be held in October in Denver, Colorado, and is the 16th year the ANCC has hosted the Magnet Conference.  If you are interested in attending please reach out to your nurse leader. The ANCC is offering a special rate for PSJH attendees, please use the promo code MagGroup18 at registration. Already know you will be in Denver? Please reach out to Christine Fregerio to be included in communication about PSJH gatherings and other related activities.


Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children Earns Pathway to Excellence Designation a Second Time

By Charles Perkins

On Wednesday, June 20th, Sally Cochrane, Chief Nursing Executive / Chief Operating Officer for the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children (PCMFC) hosted a conference call with the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence (PTE) staff and many of the PCMFC caregivers. During this call they were notified that PCMFC had achieved its second Pathway to Excellence designation! PCMFC was the first ministry in Providence Health System to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation, is one of four in Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) to have accomplished this feat, and is one of only six Long Term Care (LTC) ministries in the country who have accomplished this designation.

To achieve Pathway to Excellence designation a ministry must:

  • Write in-depth responses to 64 Elements of Performance divided into six Practice Standards:
    • Shared Decision Making
    • Leadership
    • Safety
    • Quality
    • Well Being
    • Professional Development
  • Pass a RN / CNA survey where:
    • 60% of all eligible RNs / CNAs must finish the survey.
    • 50% of RN / CNA respondents must respond strongly agree or agree on ALL 28 survey questions.
    • 75% of RN / CNA respondents must respond strongly agree or agree on at least 21 out of the 28 survey questions

Please join the PSJH Nursing Institute and all of PSJH Nursing in congratulating Sally and her team’s outstanding accomplishment!